A school-based drug sensitization programme was organized by CYCDI, the project involved 17 participants; each represented an SDG. 17 artworks were creatively produced with the tool of SDGs to illustrate their comprehension on drug related issues which are of concern to young people. The circle began with Ideation in March and completed with launch of Solution17 in December 2018.
The project framework focuses on youth development through creation of environment to tackle the problems of drug abuse, its effects and opportunity to create solutions towards a healthy, liveable & sustainable planet. Solution17 thereby provided linkages between SDG3 and other Goals.
Objectives 1. Promote education and creative development through awareness on SDGs among young people 2.Ensure that all participating schools acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote SDGs, to achieve agenda 2030. 3.Explore the creativities and the rich intellectual resources of young people to raise drug prevention awareness amongst youths and vulnerable adults 4.Generate massive campaign to strengthen the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol. 5.Empower young people to co-create sustainable solutions to drug abuse and other global problems. 6. Promote the empowerment of girls to become positive agents of change in their communities through ICT. 7.Raise Solution17 global changemakers. Distinguishing feature(s) 1.The main stakeholders and co-creator of Solution 17 are teenage girls 2.The participants were trained to present their creative ideas on paper. 3.The artworks were generated within a 6-hours period before a live audience; this thus showcase their ability to make and create. 4.17 different solutions were created to analyse the problems, effects and solutions to drug abuse
5. Solution17 is unique to provide answer to different global problems (climate action, poverty, gender equality, hunger, corruption etc). The practice highlighted the interlinkages among the SDGs and targets, for instance the participants (SDG 5.1, 5.8) received adequate training (SDG4.7) to provide preventive solutions and treatment to abuse of drug (SDG3.5).
The Solution17-Health Model provide option to:1.Change the way people think about their health 2. Provide information and treatment for drug abusers, and help youth to divert the energy to creativity and innovation instead of drug. 3.Connect drug use and its effects on social, environmental and economic development. SDGs are clearly coupled in the interconnected social, environmental and economic systems, both globally and locally, either with beneficial synergies or at cross-purposes. Therefore, the important of Good Health, Quality Education and Gender equality adopted in Solution17 Model will clearly accelerate the achievement of other goals by 2030. In the course of project implementation, the project was faced with Lack of fund providers to finance project processes and enormous tasks within short timeframe.
During Project Planning, clear goals and targets were set with specific timeline to meet. It was carefully designed to accommodate school calendar and fixed schedules; as such it was important to fulfil specified obligations to meet subsequent activities.
The obstacles were overcome through building partnerships (SDG17) with: 1. event centres and gallery to host different activities (Creative Labs, Painting Studio). 2. EU-UNODC provided EIC Materials and facilitators to train the stakeholders and host the Global Day of Action to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse. 3.Consulate General of Germany for support for Exhibition/Resource materials
Most importantly, the Project Director had to multitask (to save cost) and also sell personal assets to pursue the project objectives. The few project team worked for extra hours to achieve project objectives.
1. 17 teenage girls and their colleagues
2. 17 Schools in Lagos State
3. The CYCDI Project Team
Nike Art Gallery, CiS Lagos, The Consulate General, Federal Republic of Germany, Robert BOSCH GMBH, Nigeria and European Union-UNODC
Method of engagement includes:
1. Request for collaboration proposal/letter sent to stakeholders and partners.
2. Follow-up meetings to present expected project outcome and benefits to organisational.
3. Indication of request in kind and cash.
The overwhelming project outcome was adopted and validated as sustainable solutions by all partners.
Implementation of the Project/Activity
The entire life of project lifecycle of Solution17 consist of Project Initiation, Project Planning, Project Execution, Project Monitoring & Control and Project Closure.
At the Initiation stage:
- The problem (drug abuse) to tackle was identified
- Project key stakeholders and proposed partners were identified
- Project objectives, scope and structure outlined
- Identification of Region and location project location
- Project team identified in preparation for planning stage.
Planning and Execution
Project planning which describes activities, task dependencies and timeframes was put in place. It also included resource plan, financial requirement, risks that must be mitigated, communication and engagement with stakeholders and Procurement plan.
The project implementation was undertaking as shown below:
1. At the onset of the project, Planning Matrix of Solution 17 for Health - Sensitization on the nature of drug use, DPTC in Lagos Nigeria was prepared in tabular form. The project goal, objectives, expected outcome and activities that will lead to successful implementation was identified. The measurable changes were expected to have occurred by the end of the project circle; as a result of the CYCDI planned intervention.
2. The project Milestone and Task Allocation with corresponding description of activities was prepared. The document included the five phase of the project as stated below:
- Phase One: Project Awareness and Nomination of Participants
- Phase Two: School Awareness – Teach SDGs and School Drug Education
- Phase Three: Training, Project Presentation and Showcase.
- Phase Four: Global Youth Action Day- International Day Against Drug Abuse & …
- Phase Five: Launch of #Solution17, World Health Innovation Summit and SDG Award.
2a. Each milestone (phase) contained the following headers for monitoring of activities:
- task name
- duration of task
- responsible officer for each task and;
- task status (indicated if task was completed or ongoing)
2b. The corresponding project activities per phase were itemise as subtask under each project milestone (task name)
The project was then executed as per the project phases. Each milestone with various subtasks were completed before moving to the next phase, monitoring and control was undertaken to ensure compliance at the end of each phase.
The overall Impact was measured through the Logframe Matrix, Monitoring and Evaluation sheet. The matrix, prepared at the onset of the project indicated goal, objective, expected output, measurable Indicator, source of verification and important assumptions. Project activities were carried out to achieve output, progress and success of the activities were measured at the output level.
As a result of implementation of Solution17, the following were achieved:
1. 17 changemakers were awarded to lead change in their immediate community, their impact journey began in January 2019, they are currently impact other students and friends through awareness generations on drug abuse.
2. Each changemaker represent a sustainable development goal, therefore the project have developed 17 champions for SDGs. Their impact journey includes promotion of each SDGs in their domain. They are expected to complete 1 project per year; the best creative, innovative and impactful project will attract support from CYCDI’s identified partner.
3.The European Union and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have adopted the project outcome for publishing. They were impressed by the creativity and high quality of the artworks, the project believed that this expression of young people’s concerns about drug issues through the prism of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals deserves a wider audience across Nigeria. The materials (education book, calendar and project diary) will be distributed massively in Nigeria from the month of March 2019.
The European Union (EU) and the Government of Nigeria (GoN) entrusted UNODC with the implementation of the project “Response to Drugs and Related Organised Crime in Nigeria”. The project proposes a balanced approach to drug control, with equal attention paid to drug interdiction and drug demand reduction, including drug prevention, treatment, and care.
4. The Project also produce a sensitisation short movie tittle “TRAPPED” to create awareness on drug use, prevention and effect on social, environment and nation.
5. 2 organisation and school from Morocco and India respectively have reached out to CYCDI for authorities to replicate Solution17 in their country. They will begin in May 2019.
1. Education and Creative Development of 17 changemakers enhanced.
2. Changemakers are currently impacting thousands of students in various schools (secondary schools and universities).
3. Awareness on SDGs increased in 17 Schools in Lagos, Nigeria
4. Increased knowledge and awareness of drugs and their effects, difference between drug use and dependence, and understanding of prevention, treatment and care to at least 1000 people, especially youth in Lagos State, Nigeria.
5. Leadership ability in girls enhance through their contribution to nation building.
6. Negative attitude towards drug users which often leads to discrimination and stigma towards those using drugs eliminated as a result of information.
7. Solution 17 Created.
Solution17 is applicable to: Children,Youth, Women, Men
Also, the project stakeholders includes schools, educators, parents, private sectors, organisation and general public. It has been specially designed to leave no one behind. SDG 1 -17 are interconnected to solve different problems in different community and nation around the world. Therefore it’s replicable anywhere.
Enabling factors includes:
1. 100% cooperation received from nominated schools, educators and teachers contributed to the overall success. The teachers supported the participants all through the project processes. The nominated students and their colleagues were given permission by school authorities to attend different trainings and mentorship programs organised by CYCDI
2. The nominated schools allowed our facilitators and project team to teach SDGs during school hours, the school programme helped the project to generate SDGs awareness.
3. The provision of over 10,000 Education and Information materials from European Union and UNODC accelerated learning process amongst students, teachers, trainer and educator. The information guided their thinking to make, create and innovate.
4. Provision of enabling environment by Children International School and Nike Art Gallery contributed to their final presentation of ideas.
5. The various Creative Labs organised by CYCDI foster collaboration and networking amongst all participants, art teachers, facilitators from EU-UNODC and other invited students.
The major constraints was lack of funds to finalise project processes and it was difficult to extend project timelines due to confirmed scheduled and activities with schools, trainers and other stakeholders.
Most aspect of project process was self-funded by the project founder (Foluke Michael). Robert Bosch joined the project at the 8th month; and the company hosted solution17 launch and SDG Award event at their office on December 1, 2018.
The Solution17 output is the fifth phase of the project processes. It was entirely conceived by 17 teenagers; the key elements are:
- Call for registration for creative writing contest was in April 2018.
- The entrants submitted either a story, poem, project idea or essay on the theme “SENSITIZATION ON THE NATURE OF DRUG USE, DRUG DEPENDENCE, PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND CARE ”
- The contest was opened to 17 nominated schools
- 17 participants scaled through interview and screening exercises as final participants.
- The participants attended various trainings to develop their critical thinking and ability to create solutions to a given problem.
- All participants went through SDGs classes
- Their creative ideas were depicted in Painting before a live audience to show originality.
- The presentation was officially commissioned and launched on June 25, 2018
- Their various presentation were innovated to produce #Solution17.
- Solution17 book was adopted by EU- UNODC to impact young people and adult nationwide.
- Each student is currently leveraging technology to innovate their respective solution.
The sensitisation campaign was based on raw ideas from young people to promote education and creativity whilst preventing drug abuse.
The project therefore provides participants with capabilities they require to become positive change agents in their various communities; and contribute to social and economic development.
CYCDI's vision is channelled to the actualisation of United Nations SDGs in 2030. Therefore solution17 was designed to scale:
- by extending the practise more widely across different region through collaboration with other CSOs and Private Sectors with with shared value
- by developing the practise in other context; currently we have successfully developed Solution 17 for Anti-Corruption (SDG16).
- by auctioning the creative masterpieces (artworks) to raise funding for the subsequents expansion and to fund the impact journey of the 17 changemakers.
In addition, CYCDI has identified:
- short-term & long-term project sustainability strategies
- what resources are needed to sustain the project
- the need to collaborate with celebrity in movie and music industry to organise a fund raising campaign to support the project's future expansion.
Replicability and Benefits.
- The project can be replicated in different region, communities and nations because it begins with student at all levels!
- The benefits is massive because it's promoting the actualisation of Agenda 2030 (17 SDGs) by involving childrern, youth, women and the vulnerables.
- The project is preparing young generation to lead change in the future thereby contributing to social and economic sustainability.
Solution17 is the answer that the world is waiting for; to achieve the ambitious agenda created in 2015 to promote healthy, safe, prosperous and sustainable planet.
The practise has been specially formulated and adapted to solve global problems, i:e:
Solution17 for Health
Solution17 for Climate Action
Solution17 for No poverty
Solution17 for Inequality
Solution17 for Partnerships etc
We receive new ideas and need for innovation as we reach out to young people locally and globally!
The involvement of young people at all level is presently fulfilling leave no one behind; their engagements has further provided directly linkages to parents especially women, who are carried along in their impact journey. As at today, we have requests from several schools in Nigeria to involve their wards in building a sustainable planet where ideas from young people will rule the world.
The eagerness by children and youth to play vital roles has made it easy for the practise to break a new ground.
In the next 2 weeks, the solution17 project outcome will be distributed to more schools and institutions massively in Nigeria by EU-UNODC. The ideas and contributions of the 17 changemakers are feature in the books! This is a major success story for us!
What are we waiting for? let us spread the news and ensure no child, youth, women and adult is left behind. The SDGs achievement requires the contribution of everyone in the world.
The key lessons learned from the implementation of the projects are:
1. The importance of securing funding before project commencement: Implementation of project phases began with the assumption that fund proposal will be approved by prospective fund providers. The lack of adequate funding placed burden on the project processes. Personal funding and materials had to be deployed by project team to meet deadline. This risk is expected to be mitigated with access to funds well ahead of time.
2. The importance of involving volunteers: This is key to getting more jobs done within a short period of time. Previous initiatives were executed mainly by project team and paid staff. CYCDI will conduct train the trainer’s sessions for teachers, facilitators and volunteers to achieve greater output in the future.
3. Media involvement: This must be planned and incorporated to the project processes. The media, is the key contributor and avenue through which information is disseminated widely to project stakeholders and the general public. CYCDI will assign budget and engage closely with the media to increase project reach and impact on beneficiaries.
Project17 Participants and Projects
2. The girls and their solutions : http://cycdi.com/solution17/index.php/component/sppagebuilder/71-solution-17
3. About the project: https://visionofthechild.com.ng/2018/index.php
Project Movie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reS9hVbocG0&t=191s
Artwork Book - Project Outcome Printed by EU-UNODC
Solution17 Booklet produced by Consulate General Federal Republic of Germany: